Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro Review

Best Features
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    1080p HD resolution
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    Pricier than the Pro
Best Budget Buy
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    Cheaper multi-camera kits
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    Only 720p resolution
Mindy Woodall
Managing Editor, Home Security & Smart Home
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Published on November 30, 2020
4 min read

The Arlo Pro 2 and the older Arlo Pro cameras are not much different. The Arlo Pro 2 came out after the Arlo Pro and offers some slight feature improvements that we think are worth the upgrade. Especially because the cameras are very similar in price.

That said, if you already have the Arlo Pro and you’re happy with it, the Arlo Pro 2 won’t give you much added value. We recommend upgrading to the even newer Arlo Pro 3 or Arlo Ultra if you really want to up your tech game.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro comparison

ModelArlo Pro 2Arlo Pro
Price for 3-pack of cameras
$386.23
$336.80
Indoor/outdoorIndoor or outdoorIndoor or outdoor
Weatherproof ratingIP65IP65
Operating temperature-4° to 113° F (-20° C to 45° C)-4° to 113° F (-20° C to 45° C)
Resolution1080p720p
Field of view130º115º
Digital zoom8x8x
Power typeBattery or AC poweredBattery or AC powered
Recording typeEBR* or CVR**EBR* or CVR**
Storage typeLocal or cloud storageLocal or cloud storage
Motion detectionYesYes
Night vision15–60 ft.15–60 ft.
Two-way audioYesYes
Smart speaker integrationsAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKitAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit
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* Event-Based Recording
** Continuous Video Recording, available with upgrade to subscription plan.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro features

The Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2 both offer HD resolution and wire-free setup.

The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro are only one generation apart, and it shows: their features are almost identical. The Arlo Pro 2 has some slight upgrades over the Pro. You get better resolution (1080p versus 720p), but both record in HD. The Pro 2 also gives you a wider field of vision.

Both Arlos (and other Arlo Pro cameras) require a hub, called the Arlo base station, to connect the cameras to your Wi-Fi network.

Arlo Pro 2 features

Arlo Pro 2 3-camera starter kit

Source: Arlo

Like the entire Arlo Pro line-up, the Arlo Pro 2 is a versatile, wire-free security camera. You can use it indoors or outdoors, you can power it with a rechargeable battery or a power cord, and you can use cloud storage or local storage. Arlo gives you options.

Arlo Pro features

Source: Arlo

The Arlo Pro is identical to the Pro 2 as far as installation and high-level features go. It also offers wire-free set-up, rechargeable battery power, and local and cloud storage options. It’s easy to set up, and you can put it just about anywhere.

These two cameras even look the same. At first glance, there’s no real difference between the Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro camera body or central hub.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro pricing

The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro are similarly priced, but the Arlo Pro can sometimes save you money.

Weirdly, the Arlo Pro is sometimes priced higher than the Arlo Pro 2. Presumably because it’s an older model, and Arlo doesn’t make as many of them anymore. Depending on where you shop, you might actually pay more for an Arlo Pro kit than an Arlo Pro 2 option.

We recommend going through Amazon. The Arlo Pro is usually cheaper than the Pro 2 through that site. Even then, the price difference isn’t huge. But if you want to set up multiple cameras around your house, you could save $50–$100 or so.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro price comparison

ModelArlo Pro 2Arlo Pro
Price for 3-pack of cameras
$386.23
$336.80
Learn more

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 6/14/20 10:22 PST) Full disclaimer

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro home automation

The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro both support smart speakers like Amazon Alexa.

The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro offer the exact same home automation features. Both work with all of the most popular smart speakers, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and even Apple HomeKit. (That’s a pretty big deal. Not many cameras offer support for all three.)

You can control either of these cameras with Alexa, Google, or Siri.

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro home automation

ModelArlo Pro 2Arlo Pro
Smart speaker integrationsAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKitAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit
Learn more

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 6/14/20 10:22 PST) Full disclaimer

Arlo Pro 2 vs. Arlo Pro installation

The same installation steps work for both the Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro.

We’re sorry to yet again drive the point home that these two cameras are almost exactly the same, but for the umpteenth time: installation for the Arlo Pro and the Arlo Pro 2 is the same.

You’ll follow the same steps to set up both of these cameras.

Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 installation steps:

  • Insert the battery into the camera.
  • Scan the QR code on the camera with your phone to download the Arlo app.
  • Connect the Arlo base station to your Wi-Fi Network with an Ethernet cable.
  • Add the camera to your Arlo account through the app.
  • Sync the camera with your base station by putting it close to the hub and pressing the sync button.
  • Mount the camera wherever you want it. Since these cameras are wire-free, you can put them just about anywhere.

Recap: Which Arlo camera is better?

On the whole, these cameras are pretty similar. But the Arlo Pro 2 offers better video resolution.

The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro have a lot in common. In fact, they’re almost exactly the same. The Arlo Pro 2 gives you higher video resolution and a wider field of view, but, other than that, there’s not much to shout about.

If you can find the Arlo Pro for a cheaper price than the Pro 2, then you can save some money on a multi-camera system. But as far as features go, it’s basically sixes.

Features: The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro have almost identical features and look exactly the same. But if you want full 1080p resolution, then you’ll need to go with the Arlo Pro 2.

Pricing: The Arlo Pro 2 and the Arlo Pro are priced similarly, and sometimes you’ll see the Arlo Pro priced higher. But you’ll usually find the Arlo Pro for cheaper on Amazon.

Home automation: These two cameras offer the same home automation features. Both of them integrate with the most popular smart speakers, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.

Installation: You’ll follow the same installation steps whether you opt for the Arlo Pro 2 or the Arlo Pro. Because both cameras are battery-powered and wire-free, setup is pretty simple.

Do you use any cameras from the Arlo Pro line? Do you think the Arlo Pro 2 is worth the upgrade over the Pro? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Mindy Woodall
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Mindy Woodall
Mindy has been writing about technology for seven years. She covers all things smart home for Reviews.org, and keeps track of the latest robot gadgets. Mindy attended the University of Utah and her work has been featured on the likes of Parents.com, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more.

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